Sylacauga native Jim Nabors is best known for playing Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show. Pyle’s catch phrases “well gollee” and “shazam” would become household favorites. Nabors was a successful recording artist and stage performer, starring in variety shows and musical theater for more than 40 years. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the state of Alabama named a section of U.S. Highway 280 the Jim Nabors Highway.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama